Hopland Research and Extension Center
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Hopland Research and Extension Center

Sustainable You! 2018

Hello All,

For those who don't know me, my name is Rachel Wingler and I am the summer intern at Hopland REC. Through my internship I have had the opportunity to work on and help plan the Sustainable You Summer Camp. This summer camp is a week-long science and sustainability camp for children ages 9-12. This year we even offered an overnight option on one of the nights which involved a night drive around HREC to find animals and smores. This years' camp had 18 campers. That is a lot for two camp coordinators and our lovely volunteers. Nevertheless, we had an incredible week. From interesting speakers, bioblitz dancing, drone presentations, farmer visits, and wildlife biologists to garden box making, solar car racing, smoothie bike making and trail camera placing we had such an exciting week. We really want to thank all of our scholarship donors who contributed to our camp and allowed some campers to come who otherwise might not have been able to. These donors include, Dan Baxter, Deanna Goff, Richard and Lisa Black, Sonoma Clean Power, South Ukiah Rotary, Trish Wingler, and Ukiah Rotary. Without you all this camp would have been short a few kids and we are so thankful to have had them all as a part of our camp.

When I first applied for this job I really didn't know fully what I was getting myself into. After this spectacular experience I couldn't be more thankful to Hopland REC for giving me the opportunity to work with this organization. I specifically want to thank Hannah Bird for being so hard working and so interested in the well being of the youth in the community. Working on the planning and then getting to see the execution of all the hard work during the week of camp was more than I could have ever imagined. For anyone who has considered putting time in whether paid or volunteer at HREC, DO IT! You will not be disappointed by your experience. I mean just look at these faces...

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Needless to say, this whole experience has been one of my greatest memories and I hope it will be for the campers as well. Sustainable You Summer Camp is such a positive thing for the youngsters in this community and in surrounding communities. If you ever send your child to Sustainable You Summer Camp, you can rest assured that a lot of hard work and heart was put into it. The photo above was taken on Friday, during the camper's last trip to the creek bed. The trail cameras were placed in the creek bed all week by the campers. For now I will keep it semi-short and sweet. Goodbye for now!

  -Rachel Wingler (Summer Intern)

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Comments:

1.
The success of camp was very very much down to you Rachel

Posted by Hannah Bird on July 20, 2018 at 1:30 PM

2.
Glad to get your post! My connections to Hopland REC go back to my grad school days at UCD, and work with Howdy Howard and Bill Longhurst, my MS used blood and tissue samples from deer there to develop an early genetic based test for identification of deer in different regions of the state. Now Long-retired, I reside near Geyserville, and occasionally visit Hopland for meetings or workshops. I hope your work can continue!

Posted by Earle Cummings on July 21, 2018 at 7:20 AM

3.
Earle - lovely to hear from you! We love getting your comments.  
Hannah

Reply by Hannah Bird on July 23, 2018 at 8:08 AM

4.
It has been so fun to have you at HREC, Rachel! You'll forever hold the spot of best first-time bioblitz dancer in my mind!

Posted by Brook Gamble on July 23, 2018 at 10:11 AM

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